1. Montana Reins in Civil Asset Forfeiture

    May 6, 2015 … signed a bill reforming civil asset forfeiture in the state. HB463 requires a criminal conviction before ... for bringing the abuses of civil asset forfeiture to light. McCarthy told the Daily Caller News ... state-level civil asset forfeiture, following New Mexico. It must be noted that the Montana reforms are less ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/monta…sset-forfeiture

  2. North Carolina Forfeiture Case Reveals Limits of Executive Reform, Government Defensiveness

    May 4, 2015 … asset forfeitures under the Bank Secrecy Act’s “structuring” law.  Those changes mirror an earlier ... government is sensitive to the avalanche of negative press that civil asset forfeiture has received over the ... of civil asset forfeiture abuse. Cases like this show that the executive branch, now under a new ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/north-carolina-forfeiture-case-…t-defensiveness

  3. The IRS Folds, Returns 100% of Lyndon McLellan’s Money

    May 14, 2015 … efforts. 2015-05-14 21:19:00 Government and Politics, Law and Civil Liberties civil asset forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/irs-folds…mclellans-money

  4. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Signs Civil Forfeiture Abolition Bill

    Apr 10, 2015 … which I detailed here, into law. New Mexico has thus effectively abolished civil asset forfeiture by ... read here. House Bill 560 (HB 560) makes numerous changes to the asset forfeiture process used by law ... made by this legislation improve the transparency and accountability of the forfeiture process and ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/new-mexico-governor-susa…-abolition-bill

  5. Eric Holder Issues New Asset Forfeiture Restrictions for Structuring Offenses

    Mar 31, 2015 … a report to the federal government by the financial institution.  Some of civil asset forfeiture’s most ... Assistant U.S. Attorneys) or the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) (for ... the abolition of civil forfeiture advocated by civil liberties advocates like Cato and the Institute ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/eric-holder-issues-new-a…turing-offenses

  6. Kudos to the New Mexico Legislature for Abolishing Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Mar 23, 2015 … Adam Bates Good news from out west.  A New Mexico bill, HB 560, to restrict civil asset forfeiture ... requires a criminal conviction for forfeiture actions, bolsters the “innocent owner” defense by requiring ... that the owner know that his/her property was being used illegally, requires that all forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/kudos-new-mexico-l…sset-forfeiture

  7. President Obama Wields Much More Influence over Police than He Admits

    Apr 30, 2015 … seizures. Federal civil asset forfeiture laws allow state law enforcement agencies to circumvent local ... forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/president-obama-wie…olice-he-admits

  8. Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

    Apr 23, 2015 … legalization and his announced commitment to reforming civil asset forfeiture are two questions that spring ... immediately to mind. Loretta Lynch zealously defended civil asset forfeiture during her confirmation hearings, ... included in the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, Lynch’s office simply sat on the money while the ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/loretta…ttorney-general

  9. Seize First, Question Later: The Institute for Justice’s New Report on the IRS’ Abusive Civil Forfeiture Regime

    Feb 4, 2015 … Adam Bates Considering the growing controversy over the abuse of civil asset forfeiture at the ... of the practice is perfectly timed. An excerpt from the executive summary: Federal civil forfeiture ... importantly, structured funds are also subject to civil forfeiture. Civil forfeiture is the government’s power ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/seize-first-question-later-instit…rfeiture-regime

  10. Loretta Lynch’s Worrisome Answer on Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Jan 30, 2015 … Adam Bates Referring to the federal government’s forfeiture regime as “an important tool” in ... forfeiture during the first day of her confirmation hearings. After Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) questioned the ... be heard.” Even setting aside the litany of federal civil asset forfeiture abuses that have come to ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/loretta-lynchs…sset-forfeiture

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